Kelley Kronenberg Adds Janice M. Rickert and Blane R. Wheeley to its Tampa Office

10/9/17

Janice M. Rickert and Blane R. Wheeley

Kelley Kronenberg, a diverse business law firm, announced that Janice M. Rickert and Blane R. Wheeley have joined the firm’s Tampa office.

Ms. Rickert, who joins as a Partner, focuses her practice on Workers’ Compensation defense and has experience advising clients in Premises Liability, Employment Practices and Safety/OSHA compliance. Her clients cover a wide range of industries including insurance, restaurants, hospitality, and nursing and residential care facilities.

Prior to joining Kelley Kronenberg, Ms. Rickert served as an attorney in the legal department of a large insurance company, where she represented insureds in the defense of Workers’ Compensation claims through all stages of litigation, mediation and appeal. Additionally, she owned and operated her own boutique insurance defense law firm.

Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, Ms. Rickert is a Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator and a Florida Bar Certified Speaker. She has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© and is a member of the Workers’ Compensation Section of The Florida Bar as well as the Hillsborough County Bar Association.

Ms. Rickert earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Florida. She is admitted to practice law in Florida; the United States Middle District of Florida; and the United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit.

Mr. Wheeley, who joins as an Attorney, assists in handling matters related to Workers’ Compensation.

Prior to joining Kelley Kronenberg, Mr. Wheeley worked as an Assistant Public Defender at the Office of the Public Defender, 13th Judicial Circuit in Tampa. He gained valuable experience handling a multitude of cases including DUI, battery, trespassing, and petit theft. He also worked as a Social Security Attorney for a national personal injury law firm in Orlando.

Mr. Wheeley earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree, cum laude, in Criminology from the University of Florida. He received his Juris Doctor Degree from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center. While attending law school, Mr. Wheeley earned a spot on the Dean’s List and was a member of the school’s Negotiation Team and Trial Association. He is admitted to practice law in Florida.

About Kelley Kronenberg

Kelley Kronenberg is a diverse business law firm that provides litigation and other legal services to established corporations, insurance companies, entrepreneurs and individuals in Florida and other regions of the U.S. More than 120 attorneys strong, the firm offers 25 distinct practice areas throughout its network of ten offices in Florida and Illinois. Founded in 1980, Kelley Kronenberg was built on relationships and continues to grow and excel because of its strength, offering sound legal counsel and exceptional client service. Kelley Kronenberg is ranked in the Top 10 Largest Law Firms in South Florida by the South Florida Business Journal, ranked in the top 20 largest law firms in Florida by Florida Trend and the Daily Business Review, and has been recognized as a Top Law Firm in Florida by the South Florida Legal Guide and LexisNexis ® Martindale-Hubbell®. More information on practice areas and office locations is available at www.kelleykronenberg.com.

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